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Comment I use Philips Hue + Belkin WeMos currently.. (Score 1) 189

and am looking at adding some sensors connected to Raspberry Pi GPIO. However, if you know how to program things, you do _not_ want them talking to mothership, so both my Hue and WeMos are on a separate wlan SSID which has no connectivity outside; instead, my OpenWrt router runs Python-based daemon ( ) which essentially implements zero-touch home automation logic with built-in override from Philips' Tap switch. (and it also chats with my desktop/laptop computer to detect e.g. when I am unidle, and to turn on/off monitor, music playing, and so on..)

I do not really believe in using phone or tablets to deal with 'day to day' events in my home, I prefer buttons (either on WeMo switch, or Philips Tap ones), and automation that sometimes triggers things on it's own. I guess it is a matter of preference..

Comment Re:HP Microserver (Score 2) 355

I really recommend ZFS for that - RAID5 is inferior to RAIDZ, not to even mention RAIDZ2 (allows for blowing up two disks). Also has built-in scrubbing functionality and metric ton of other nice features.

If I was storing that amount of data, I'd just throw say, ~16 2TB drives at it, make 2 RAIDZ2 pools out of it (thus, 6 out of 8 drives in each actually used for storage, two for parity ), and have 24TB of capacity, out of which 2 drives could blow/get corrupted and still no problems, and in best case it would even survive explosion of 4 drives ;)

Comment Re:Mac mini or apple Tv (Score 1) 355

Heh, sounds like lot of work. Working as a reasonably well paid consultant, I don't really want to do much hacking on my free time, but I wanted a quiet setup as well.

My approach: Mac Mini + SSD main machine.
Secondary storage: FreeBSD ZFS + RAIDZ2 (SSD cache drive + couple of spinning disks) NAS for video + backups of Mini.

As I don't deal with video much, NAS is mostly turned off, and all I need is one WOL packet to fire it up and mount on the Mini as needed. Win-win.

(Ok, other hardware in the house like gaming PC, laptop, etc also can access NAS as needed ..)

Comment Populist nonsense (Score 2, Informative) 591

The file contains only unique wifi spots seen over time period, each once. In my case, that is 12k different wifi basestations, but any repeated travel is unlikely to see those points again..

mini ~/temp/x/library/caches/locationd>sqlite3 consolidated.db 'select * from WifiLocation' | wc
      11907 23814 257383
mini ~/temp/x/library/caches/locationd>sqlite3 consolidated.db 'select * from WifiLocation' | cut -d '|' -f 1 | sort | uniq -c | egrep -v ' 1 '
mini ~/temp/x/library/caches/locationd>

Nothing to see here, move on..


The Struggle For Private Game Servers 125

A story at the BBC takes a look at the use of private game servers for games that tend not to allow them. While most gamers are happy to let companies like Blizzard and NCSoft administer the servers that host their MMORPGs, others want different rules, a cheaper way to play, or the technical challenge of setting up their own. A South African player called Hendrick put up his own WoW server because the game "wasn't available in the country at the time." A 21-year-old Swede created a server called Epilogue, which "had strict codes of conduct and rules, as well as a high degree of customized content (such as new currency, methods of earning experience, the ability to construct buildings and hire non-player characters, plus 'permanent' player death) unavailable in the retail version of the game." The game companies make an effort to quash these servers when they can, though it's frequently more trouble that it's worth. An NCSoft representative referenced the "growing menace" of IP theft, and a Blizzard spokesperson said,"We also have a responsibility to our players to ensure the integrity and reliability of their World of Warcraft gaming experience and that responsibility compels us to protect our rights."

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